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What Should a Parent Do when A Child Is Hit by A Car?

April 15, 2013

Motor vehicle accidents were the number one killer of children from age one through eighteen, according to National Vital Statistics in 2009.

In every community, children can be seen playing in the neighborhood and throughout the community. It is common to see children in crosswalks, roadways, and sidewalks. Unfortunately, children are injured far too often in driveways, parking lots, streets, crosswalks, and other areas as pedestrians. When a child pedestrian is injured as a result of an automobile accident, a parent is often faced with many issues and challenges including the following:

Should the Police Be Called?

In every instance, the police should be called to document the incident. Often times, stories change and facts are denied. A police report will help clarify the facts as they appeared at the accident scene and will help obtain automobile insurance information. While it is not necessary under Kentucky law to have a police report to pursue a civil case or insurance claim, accidents that are not reported to the police are often times questioned or challenged by the insurance company.

Where Should the Child Obtain Medical Care and Treatment?

The level and type of treatment will depend upon the severity of the injuries. A parent may take the child to a local emergency room, pediatrician, primary care doctor, or other location for an evaluation and treatment. Parents should act swiftly if the child has any symptoms or complaints following an accident.

Should Photographs Be Taken at The Scene of The Accident and Of the Child’s Injuries?

The answer to this question is "Yes." To the extent possible, photographs at the scene of the accident or incident can be extremely helpful. It is also important to take photographs of any visible injuries caused by the accident. Children heal quickly and proper documentation could be vital to a child’s case.

Of course, there are a number of other issues and challenges presented to a parent when a child pedestrian suffers personal injuries in a Kentucky car accident. A parent should consult with an experienced Child Injury Lawyer for advice, consultation, and legal representation of the injured child. An experienced lawyer can help you understand your case and how to move forward. Vehicle accidents, whether with cars, tractor trailers, buses, or motorcycles, are too common and cause too many injuries and deaths each year. When someone is responsible for negligent or reckless driving, it is important he or she be held accountable and the victims taken care of as much as possible. Contact our law office today, or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form for a free consultation.